Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire

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Author: Nandini Das

9781526615657 | PB | pp. 450 | 2023 | Bloomsbury Publishing

In Courting India, the author, Nandini Das, offers an insider’s view of a Britain in the making, a country whose imperial seeds were just being sown.

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When Thomas Roe arrived in India in 1616 as James I’s first ambassador to the Mughal Empire, the English barely had a toehold in the subcontinent. Their understanding of South Asian trade and India was sketchy at best, and, to the Mughals, they were minor players on a very large stage. Roe was representing a kingdom that was beset by financial woes and deeply conflicted about its identity as a unified ‘Great Britain’ under the Stuart monarchy. Meanwhile, the court he entered in India was wealthy and cultured, its dominion widely considered to be one of the greatest and richest empires of the world.

In Courting India, Nandini Das’ fascinating history of Roe’s four years in India, she offers an insider’s view of a Britain in the making, a country whose imperial seeds were just being sown. It is a story of palace intrigue and scandal, lotteries and wagers that unfolds as global trade begins to stretch from Russia to Virginia, from West Africa to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.

A major debut that explores the art, literature, sights and sounds of Elizabethan London and Imperial India, Courting India reveals Thomas Roe’s time in the Mughal Empire to be a turning point in history – and offers a rich and radical challenge to our understanding of Britain and its early empire.

Author:

Nandini Das

ISBN:

9781526615657

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

450

Year of Publication:

2023

Publisher:

Bloomsbury Publishing

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Nandini Das is professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture in the English faculty at the University of Oxford. She is a specialist in Shakespeare studies, Renaissance romance writing, early travel literature, and encounters between different cultures.

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